There was a great famine in Samaria and people were starving. The king tore his clothes in despair and vowed to kill the prophet Elisha. Surely he had power to deliver them from the nation that held them captive and he was doing nothing.
The king and his assistant went to Elisha's door and announced, "All this misery is from the Lord! Why should I wait for the Lord any longer?" (2 Kings 6:33 NLT).
Elisha replied, "This is what the Lord says: By this time tomorrow in the markets of Samaria, six quarts of choice flour will cost only one piece of silver, and twelve quarts of barley grain will cost only one piece of silver" (2 Kings 7:1).
This appeared impossible. At that moment a donkey's head was sold for two pounds of silver and a cup of dove's dung cost about two ounces of silver.
But Elisha had heard from the Lord. He was not afraid to believe that God could and would do the impossible.
"That couldn't happen even if the Lord opened the windows of heaven!" the king's messenger retorted.
Elisha prophesied, "You will see it happen, but you won't be able to eat any of it!"
And Elisha was right. Two lepers decided to go to the enemy camp and beg for food. God had caused the whole enemy army to hear the sound of galloping horses and clattering chariots, and they fled for their lives.
The two lepers went into the tents and began eating and drinking and carrying out silver and gold. Finally, they said, "This is not right. We'd better tell the others."
The next day there was such a mad rush that the messenger who was stationed at the door was trampled to death. It happened just as Elisha had said. "You will see it happen, but you won't be able to eat any of it!"
Samaria's severe famine ended with an abundance. I've been encouraged to believe that in our day God will pour out His Spirit in such abundance that we would think "Impossible!" if we were told now. Prayers we are praying for situations that look hopeless will be answered. It may happen quickly just as it did for Samaria.
God, I join others in believing that You will do a supernatural work in our day beyond our ability to anticipate.
"Shout and be glad, Daughter Zion. For I am coming...Be still before the Lord, all mankind, because he has roused himself from his holy dwelling." (Zech. 2:10, 13).